When you buy a new home, there are some big decisions to make that might prove more difficult than you would think. Like painting the exterior of your home. Most everybody will point you in the direction of a few dusty shades.
Beiges and grays are always a safe color. If you want to get wild, they’ll suggest light blue or green or maybe even buttery yellow. Because who wants their home to stick out like a sore thumb? The answer is you do! Choosing a bold color for your home’s exterior might seem risky but once you’ve painted, your house is going to be the most enviable one on the block.
Take a look at these 15 bold colors to paint your home’s exterior and get your paint brushes ready.
Top Tips for Choosing an Exterior Paint Color for Your Home
When it comes to choosing an exterior paint color for your home, there are various things you’ll want to consider. Firstly, you’ll always want to remember to check the local guidelines for your neighborhood to see if you are allowed to paint your home any color you like.
Some homes aren’t allowed to be painted in bold and bright colors like those listed above, so you may have to stick to a more neutral color. If you are going to go with one of these fun colors listed above, we encourage you to plan the paintwork in advance, so you don’t have any issues or run out of paint when you start work. When you fail to plan, you are much less likely to have any issues further down the line or find that you don’t have the right supplies for the job.
Depending on the size of your home, painting its exterior can be a huge challenge. You’ll often find that it’s much easier and safer to employ a professional painter, especially if you live in a large home. If you have to work high off the ground, this is best done by a professional, so make sure that you ask around to find a good price before committing to painting the exterior of your home.
Before starting with the job, it’s always best to clean your walls, which will help to remove any dirt or debris that’s built up over the years since your last paint job. Allow your walls to dry, and you’ll be ready to get started with the paint job and completely transform your home.
Unique Paint Color Ideas to Update Your Home With This Year
1. Lipstick Red
Red isn’t a rare color when it comes to homes. But while most people opt for a deep rose red, I dare you to go a shade lighter. Pick something as lipstick red as Taylor Swift’s lips and your home will stand out beautifully. (via Coastal Living)
2. Navy Blue
Let’s get on the darker side of things for a moment. Colors don’t have to be bright to be bold. Navy, for instance, is an up and coming color for home exteriors so you better get to it so you’ll be in the trend starter club. (via Sadie and Dasie)
3. A Sunshine Yellow Home
Yellow isn’t an unheard of color for your home. Though when you choose a shade as bright and sunshiny as this, your home is bound to stand out as the happiest on your street. This works especially well if you live in a small town amongst lots of other quaint homes. (via About)
4. A Pastel Pink Shade
I want a pink house. Yes, pink. If your home has the right character, painting it a pink shade can really bring out the personality in her. Luckily Pantone has the perfect color for you this year! (via Heir and Space)
5. Mint Green
Mint is one of the more wonderful colors on the pastel scale. You might think that a color light this is reserved for a beach-side home, but I beg to differ. Even an old farmhouse in the middle of the Midwest would look adorable painted this shade. (via Our Boat House)
6. Pale Orange
Orange might not seem like a color to even suggest for a home, but in the right shade, it can do wonders. Instead of going as orange as the fruit, err on the side of pale orange and suddenly your home looks like a southern beauty. (via Architec Design)
7. Forest Green
Put away your dusty greens because you’re going to want a forest green cabin like this. Especially if you’ve trimmed your home in wood, that woodsy color is the perfect compliment. (via Escuyer)
8. A Purple Home
Isn’t purple just the prettiest? There aren’t too many purple houses in the world so choosing a bold color like this is brave and will definitely make your home THE Purple House in your neighborhood. Basically, it will become a landmark. (via A Good Thing Happened)
9. A Bold Black House
Black is a bold color that we’re seeing more and more of around town. It’s a great option for a modern home or even as a refresher for an old classic beauty. (via Habitus Living)
10. A Turquoise Beach House
Who doesn’t love turquoise? While the color might not look right in a cold climate, you’ll definitely need to put the shade on your list if you live in a warm place. It will be like coming home to the beach every day. (via House Of Turquoise)
11. Fluorescent Pink House
While we’ve already showcased a pale pink house on our list today, why not take things a step further and go for a bright pink house? If you are really looking to stand out on your street, you’ll be able to see your home from a mile away with this shade of pink. It’s the ideal house for anyone who’s always dreamed of being like Barbie, although it may be a little much for the men in your life. Check out this house on Little Things for more inspiration for how you can create a full-size dollhouse for you and your family to live in.
12. Bright Orange
It takes a lot of guts to paint your house bright orange, but we think it’s a great color for bringing a little sunshine to your life each and every day. Bright orange looks great on modern and unique buildings, such as this angular home showcased on Moby. The square look of the house makes the bright orange color look very natural on its design, whereas we aren’t sure this would work on a more traditional home. If you aren’t quite brave enough for this shade just yet, opt for small accents of bright orange on your current home.
13. Red and White Stripes
When you can’t decide between two colors for your home makeover, why not opt for stripes instead? The Guardian showcases this unique red and white striped home, which you could use for inspiration for any home makeover. Of course, you don’t have to use red and white for your home, and black and white would be a fun zebra-themed color scheme to go for instead. You could also go for something a little more subtle and pair white with a pastel shade before committing to something a little bolder in the future. Stripes will make your home stand out on a plain street and showcases your sense of style and fun when guests arrive at your home.
14. A Bright White House
White may seem like a boring color to paint your home, but personally, we think that a really bright white shade helps to make your home look modern and well looked after all the time. We love the bold, pure white shade that was used on this home on House of Nomad, but the main thing to remember is that white paint needs constant care and attention. The only issue with white is that it easily gets dirty, and after rain and storms, you may find that it starts to look more weathered than other colors on our list today. If you do have a white home, consider budgeting for regular touch-ups to avoid it looking too dull after a few years.
15. A Lavender Home
Although we showed you a purple home earlier, we find violet to be a completely different color altogether. This lavender home from the Napa Valley Register suits the traditional style of this pretty home and enhances the features it already has. The thing we love about this home is how it combines violet, purple, and lavender shade so that you can have small accents and features in slightly different colors. You could use this technique with literally any color scheme, and it can help to add more interest to any home and showcase the various shades that are available in your favorite color.
Painting the exterior of your home can completely transform your house, but it’s something you’ll want to think long and hard about before committing to. When you are opting to use one of these bold paint colors on your home’s exterior, make sure you plan ahead and buy enough paint, so you don’t run out at any point during the project.
We love how unique these homes all look from the bold paint that’s been used, and it helps to bring your home to life in a way you might never expect. You’ll never miss your house on your street when it’s painted in one of these colors, and your home will soon become well-known in your local neighborhood.